(11)EP 1 402 822 A3


(88)Date of publication A3:
21.12.2005 Bulletin 2005/51

(43)Date of publication A2:
31.03.2004 Bulletin 2004/14

(21)Application number: 03029756.8

(22)Date of filing:  13.02.1998
(51)Int. Cl.7A61B 17/00, A61B 17/32
(84)Designated Contracting States:

(30)Priority: 13.02.1997 US 38171 P

(62)Application number of the earlier application in accordance with Art. 76 EPC:
98907503.1 / 1017321

(71)Applicant: Boston Scientific Limited
St. Michael (BB)

  • Gellman, Barry N.
    North Easton, MA 02356 (US)
  • Brenneman, Rodney
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 (US)
  • Sauvageau, David
    Methuen, MA 01884 (US)
  • Pintauro, William
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 (US)
  • Appell, Rodney
    Houston, Texas 77030-2769 (US)
  • Morin, Armand A.
    Berkeley, MA 02779 (US)

(74)Representative: Wilson, Alan Stuart 
Barker Brettell, 138 Hagley Road Edgbaston
Birmingham B16 9PW
Birmingham B16 9PW (GB)


(54)Percutaneous and hiatal devices and methods for use in minimally invasive pelvic surgery

(57) A device is provided for treatment of female urinary incontinence, which can be used as part of a sling application system. The device comprises a handle (2012) connected to a shaft (2014), the shaft preferably including an engaging member near its distal end. The device includes a sling (1418) having an attachment member at one end for connection to the distal end of the shaft (2014). In this manner, the shaft (2014) is preferably connectable via a suture (1428) to the sling (1418).